Why Eating Organic is Not Enough & What You Can Do About It
There often comes a time in our lives when we begin to question certain fundamentals we once pretty much took for granted. Like the safety of our food supply. Sure, nuanced approaches to nutrition vary somewhat, and have changed over time. We've seen fad diets, serious diets and silly diets come and go; the food pyramid has been amended, school lunch programs have changed, along with some USDA regulations; and there have been some real advances in science.
But to the casual observer, the average lay person who doesn't think too much about what they eat, none of these things have necessarily appeared to be earth-shattering, significantly healthful, or in the case of all the genetic engineering, potentially life-threatening or downright alarming. Thankfully, we have recently witnessed awareness being heightened and seen some effective social action against Monsanto, and that is very heartening.
In a recent video by the author of Why Diets Are Failing Us, Peter Greenlaw looks closely at what has happened to our food supply and how we can make changes in order to begin living healthier, longer lives. Throughout his work, we are witness to Greenlaw's expertise; but even more importantly, we are the beneficiaries of his candor, his passion and his commitment to bringing about a paradigm shift in our understanding, and hopefully to our everyday food choices.
His best-selling book goes into significant detail about the toxicity of our environment, and subsequently of our bodies; the root causes of our nutritional deficiency; and the role of GMOs and how harmful they are for us and the environment.
Greenlaw covers a lot of material, citing various studies and giving a number of sobering as well as illustrative statistics. One of the examples that really caught my attention was that in 2012 one million individuals died of heart attacks. He then stated that before 1930 heart attacks were almost unheard of; then he poses the question, “What did we introduce in 1930?” The answer is, “Processed foods.”
This, combined with the fact that there are some 100,000 chemicals in use today and only about 560 have been tested on humans to determine their various effects, makes for a highly toxic population. Greenlaw states that a recent study of newborns showed that the babies had at least 287 chemicals in their blood.
In addition to unprecedented levels of toxicity, we are also plagued with nutritional deficiencies. We consume too many calories and not nearly enough nutrients. He stated that by the year 2030 a full 50% of Americans will be obese. This is a national pandemic.
Remember the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? I grew up with that saying. In order to receive the same amount of nutritional value as we did back in 1976 from one apple, you would need to eat 6-12 apples today. Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? A dozen apples a day…and who could eat that many anyway?
Our bodies need to be able to absorb nutrients, and instead many of us are merely feeding them empty calories that cannot be utilized as the fuel our bodies need to run healthily.
This is the primary reason that even eating organic is not enough. True, organic fruits, veggies and meats do not have pesticides and that is good. But recent studies have proven that there is no difference nutritionally between organic and non-organic.
What has happened is that the natural disease fighting properties of our amazing body’s immune system, those of our T cells, and our organs is being significantly diminished. This is occurring because of the toxicity and the nutritional deficiency of our compromised, tampered with, modified and genetically engineered food supply.
Thankfully, we do have viable options, healthy alternatives and solutions available to us. But without taking specific, intentional steps to detoxify and replenish ourselves, we place ourselves at on-going risk. An important step is to become better informed about the implications of our daily food choices. There are minimally processed, whole food options which are soy and gluten free, low glycemic and loaded with clean protein.
The short video, “Are You Toxic?” at www.isamovie.com is excellent. Peter Greenlaw’s book is a tremendous resource. His video can be seen below. And you may request more information by emailing me for a personal reply at email@example.com
What is clear is that we must become much more aware, and take proactive measures to ensure that we are doing all we can to help ourselves and those we care about if we want to live healthier, longer lives.
If you found value in his video, you'll love his book!
"Why Diets Are Failing Us" by Peter Greenlaw
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